The AI & Blockchain Accelerator is a collaboration between Wayra UK, Telefónica’s open innovation arm and the University of Edinburgh’s Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme (part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal). It is also supported by Scottish Enterprise and sponsored by Cisco.
The Accelerator is run in partnership with The University of Edinburgh and Wayra, combining the technical & research expertise of UoE and Wayra’s commercial connectedness to London’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This is supported by Scottish Enterprise offering Scotland wide businesses support .
The programme runs for 4 months and meets three days a week. It is based in the Bayes Centre, Edinburgh and a founder of each company is required to attend each week for the three days. To have a national reach but an Edinburgh focus, we offer a £7500 stipend to cover travel costs. The programme selects up to 10 companies, which range in their maturity from early stage angel investment to securing initial seed investment.
Through a combination of technical and commercial mentorship and introductions, the programme works with start-ups to:
• Articulate their fundamental proposition and strengthen their business foundations.
• Develop and communicate their core product or service to a range of business audiences.
• Facilitate introductions to companies and investors.
• Provide access to University digital talent.